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June 10, 2020 | Local, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

IDEaS Updates: COVID-19 challenges information session (webinar), First $1M Competitive Project completed, Pop-up City Contest Round 2

Responding to COVID-19: Register for the information webinar now

IDEaS has mobilized its innovator network to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to advance technologies to meet the challenges faced by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Our recently released COVID-19 challenges will bring short and medium term impacts by providing innovative solutions that protect front line workers and help to trace the virus. We will be hosting a French and English webinars on June 11 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm EDT respectively to answer questions about the application process and any technical questions. Register now:

Reminder that the deadline to apply for the current COVID-19 challenges is June 23, 2020.

Also stay-tuned to our website and subscriber list as we are already preparing to release our next COVID-19 challenge soon.

IDEaS-funded $1M Cyber Attribution project completes and moves to the next step

IDEaS is happy to announce the first $1M Competitive Projects graduate from our 1st Call for Proposals. The Ottawa, Ontario and Fredericton, New Brunswick based Sapper Labs, in partnership with American-based cyber security firm Root9B, owns the distinction of being the first company to complete its IDEaS-funded project on Cyber Attribution. This project brings forward an innovative solution that will help identify malicious actors in cyberspace and is now being considered for the latest IDEaS element for advanced solutions called Test Drives, which tests technology in a real world environment. Congratulations to Sapper Labs and look for more updates in the coming months as more solutions from our 1st Call for Proposals are completed.

Pop-Up City Contest Update – Integrated waste, water, and energy management solution for deployed camps

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, the IDEaS team was successful in pivoting the Contest Partnering Event to an online forum. As part of Round 2, 42 participants from the three technical domains (waste, water and energy) are being given the opportunity to partner in a virtual environment and submit by September 15, 2020, an integrated system proposal. Up to 10 proposals will be selected to receive a $50,000 grant and continue to Round 3 for pitch and prototype development. The 10 remaining Contest teams will be vying for one of the three $1.5M contributions to develop their prototype. The team with the best prototype will be eligible for a grand prize of $2M.

The IDEaS Team

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  • Royal Military College staff, students won't know until mid-September if personal info compromised in cyber attack

    September 4, 2020 | Local, C4ISR, Security

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